to be straight, bright and healthy.
Sometimes we may forget how important having great oral hygiene is, especially when we have braces. And this time of year, with all of the amazing treats and goodies, it is even harder to stay on top of proper brushing and flossing. But if we want our smiles to be the best they can be when our braces are removed, we have to stay focused and put the work in now...even when we may not want to.
Food and plaque can get trapped in the tiny spaces between braces and wires, causing decay and enamel stains. And did you know that food left in these tiny spaces can also react with the bacteria in your mouth and the metal in the braces to produce a bleaching effect, leaving small, permanent light spots on your teeth?
You all know...but we are going to say it anyway...sweets, soda and other sugary and starchy foods can promote tooth decay and gum disease. It might be too much to ask, but try your best to stay away from these types of foods. OK...we know, way too much to ask, especially now. So, if you are going to eat a sweet treat, please remember to brush afterwards. It is best to brush after every meal and use a floss threader or special orthodontic floss at least once a day to clean between braces and under wires. But if you don't have your toothbrush with you, rinse your mouth vigorously with water soon after enjoying those special homemade goodies.
Below are a few tools that will make staying on top of your oral hygiene easier.